All posts by Cynthia Whitfield

Cynthia Whitfield is a free-lance writer and mother of 19-year-old son diagnosed with severe cognitive disabilities and moderate autism. She lives in Eugene, OR with her husband and an older son who attends college.

Talking with General Education Students about Disabilities

An increasing number of children who have a wide range of disabilities that affect learning and socializing are attending their neighborhood schools. Some will spend most of their time in the regular classroom, while others might only join the general school population for music or physical education.…

Parents Faced with Navigating the Special Education Maze

It happens every day. Parents of a child who is newly diagnosed with a developmental disability find themselves thrust into a new world, walking down a road they never expected to take.

ASD2Parents of children diagnosed with mild disabilities usually hope that specialized services or treatments will prepare their children to live independent lives.…